Tallong is on the boundary of the Southern Highlands and the Southern Tablelands in New South Wales. Tallong was named after an Aboriginal word for either ‘tongue’ or ‘spring of water.’ The Tallong district is located on the northern side of the Shoalhaven River on the outside of an elbow point known as the Tallong Bend. Here, the river alters its northerly course and flows eastward to the coast.
Tallong offers open spaces, fresh air and expanses of bushland scenery. Two National Parks and Wildlife Service lookouts, Badgery’s Lookout and Long Point Lookout, provide picnic and camping areas with toilets and fireplaces. From Badgery’s Lookout can be seen the rock feature known as the Dungeon Walls, featured on the cover of the local book, Tallong: A Heritage, and panoramic views to the south and east. Long Point Lookout offers spectacular views of the western part of the Shoalhaven Gorge and gives access to the Shoalhaven river bed via marked walking trails requiring a high level of fitness.
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Marulan is located on the 150 degree East meridian and as such the sun rises and sets at exactly 6 am and 6 pm every equinox. Since 1985 the Hume Highway has bypassed the town but today it features historic buildings and an expanding population with the development of two hard rock quarries in the region. The historic buildings in the town are listed in http://www.igoulburn.com/site/files/ul/data_text12/2448956.pdf and can easily be visited on a walking tour.
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Morton National Park
Morton National Park is one of the largest National Parks in NSW and extends into the Tallong Region with spectacular views into the Shoalhaven River valley from Badgery’s and Longpoint Lookouts. There are also a number of hiking trails which take in the valley.
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The Chatsbury Bushfires of 1965 virtually wiped out the fruit growing industry in the Tallong region. However, to celebrate the heritage of apple growing in the area an annual Festival is held annually on the first Sunday in May. The Festival still features many apple products, market stalls, demonstrations of local art and craft, country music, competitions and plenty of activities for young and old alike.
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Some observers have been collecting weather data over the years, but the main measure has been rainfall. However, since 2011, an automatic weather station has provided more detailed information on temperatures, wind speeds and directions with data collected every 15 minutes. These data and other information from around the Tallong region have been compiled into a climatological analysis and the report can be viewed as three sequential files by clicking below:
Temperatures during January 2017 were well above average which can be seen in the spreadsheet below:
Rainfall data taken from daily readings of a rain gauge at 0900 LST are seen below:
|Total Analyses and 2006-2016|